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Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 3:30 AM to 5:30 AM (PDT)

Using Social Media to Save Lives

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Most people would never want to relive adolescence, but Dr. Megan Moreno’s research team

does it every day, by following the Facebook posts of hundreds of young adults who participate

in their research.

Dr. Moreno is a clinician in adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and principal

investigator for the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) at Seattle

Children’s Research Institute. She is leading a study that evaluates how college students post

about their substance use on Facebook.

“Substance-related harm is one of the biggest causes of injury and death among college students,

and we think Facebook and other social media could be powerful tools to help us prevent it,”

Moreno says. The study already found clues on Facebook that predict alcohol dependence in

college freshman, and the work is paving the way for Moreno to use social media to address

other common problems affecting adolescents, like depression.

Join us at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 for this special event in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, brought to you by GeekWire and Seattle Children's Research Institute. Dr. Moreno will present her findings, followed by a conversation with GeekWire columnist Monica Guzman.

Have questions about Using Social Media to Save Lives? Contact GeekWire

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West 8th building - 4th floor
2001 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 3:30 AM to 5:30 AM (PDT)

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